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Grateful Dead Live at Polo Field, Golden Gate Park on 1969-05-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Polo Field, Golden Gate Park on 1969-05-07

Topics Live concert

Me & My Uncle, Instrumental jam, Cryptical Envelopment > drums > The Other One > Smokestack Lightning, Good Lovin', Dark Star > drums > Lovelight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Polo Field, Golden Gate Park
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > C > D > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Ernie Presley and J. Cotsman


retracking and edit of previous shn set, by J. Cotsman: SBD> MR> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN; with 3/26/68 filler; via J. Cotsman to vine

Deadbase XI's listing for this show is of uncertain order and incorrectly includes The Eleven and High Heel Sneakers, which are absent here and not listed in this show at Smokestack consists of the final verses. Notably, Good Lovin' features Garcia on lead vocals. The splice near the beginning of Drums is minor.

This is sourced from what would become the previously seeded version, I believe. I retracked it and edited a few minor things including a very short repeated section during Dark Star.


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2014
Subject: -
Good show. Excellent Dark Star.
Reviewer: Mooding - - January 30, 2012
Subject: The Jefferson Airplane show... right here -

That link and many more are found here -
Reviewer: splue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2011
Subject: "Instrumental"
i particularly enjoyed that one, the talent to play something that cool & yet seeming so effortlessly

no protools, just live talent that gives u chills
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2009
Subject: So High
This is one of those rare shows where you can really tell that the whole band is blatantly blitzed. Everything's off. Like Acid Test quality dissonance. It gets a little more structured after Good Lovin', in itself a bit of an experiment, but this set wanders mostly way off the map. I recommend it only for special occasions.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 7, 1969, at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.


Forty years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were playin' in the park in the city, here's what some of it sounded concerts in the park were the best.

This show is going to need some EQ'ing for playback. The sound is not bad considering what year it was recorded and the equipment they used.

Here's a "daytime" "Dark Star" from Golden Gate Park you don't get to hear too often. Garcia's classic SG sound is intact, the arrangement is original, but loose.

Pigpen's "Turn On Your Love Light" is classic 69'.
An excellent performance.

The Jefferson Airplane is up next after the GRATEFUL where is that show, man?

The GRATEFUL DEAD in the Park is a nice addition to your collection. I recommend it.

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2007
Subject: Instrumental jam
Call me crazy, but on first listen it sounds like Rocky Raccoon at a very slow tempo, which would make sense if they didn't know the song and we're playing around during eqp issues.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2006
Subject: Wednesday Morning Russian II

I was a Wednesday morning Russian II student at Diablo Valley College in May of 1969. A friend of mine in class, Alan Frea, told me at break that he had heard announced on KMPX that morning while he was driving from Berkeley to Pleasant Hill that the Airplane and the Dead were playing for free that afternoon in the Polo Fields of Golden Gate Park.

After class I went to the DVC newspaper office and met fellow editor of the student newspaper, Ed. When I told him the news we dropped everything and drove immediately to the Airplane /Dead.

We left the newspaper office in haste and proceeded to drive to San Francisco, a mere 35 miles away. We had no gas, no grass, or no ass, but we went anyway.

There was no traffic. We drove continuously on fumes through the East Bay Hills and the Caldecott Tunnel, through Oakland on Broadway to the Bay Bridge and then unimpeded to Golden Gate Park Polo Fields and parked in the parking lot. While walking the thirty feet to the edge of the Polo Fields, I spied a baggie on the ground. It had two joints in it. We proceeded to smoke the two joints. Then the Grateful Dead started playing. At first, they were awful. We stood there on a bright warm sunny day near the beach wondering what the fuck, and after numerous starts and stops and lots off loose and nutty stage banter the Grateful Dead began to play in earnest while screaming at poor Bear to turn some one up or turn someone down all the while making lost keys and personals announcements they started wailing and shaking the cages of bound humanity. We turned from ones of total boredom to ones of total splurge dancing not 20 feet away.

The Airplane came on after a quick set change and started playing all their hits like White Rabbit and Somebody to Love just to get them out of the way. Then the Jeffersonianâs unhatched a spectacular encompassing cocoon of raptured snake music the likes the Dead had never conceived and just blew all 283 of us into the Ionoshere.

Near the end of the Airplaneâs set Ed, my fellow traveler, came bounding up with two hotties who wanted to experiment in free love, and that we should not let them down. We agreed and took them back to Edâs Oldsmobile and made exquisite kamaikaze sex with these two girls. After such we let them out of the car, drove silently towards home and never spoke to each other again about the Grateful Dead being outré de element.

This was during the time of the violent, anti-war demonstrations happening at every college and University around the world. Who needed gas?
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2006
Subject: jamming has definitely entered new era
last several shows confirm new more complex and free form jamming style that has emerged..other one, dark star.
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2005
Subject: Very Very nice
Just picture summer of 69.Free concert for ya!I must say,May of 1969 was unique.Jer playing petal steel,acoustic,and electric.The sound was becoming more "down home".Throw in some Heavy Crazy jams and you have got the perfect stew folks!
Reviewer: gratefulshrink - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: Sadly, there is
This is an amzing show, full of energy and creativity, with some unique jams and a fun, primitive Good Lovin. But I do have to say that the band started to go way downhill after 1977, with much less physical and creative energy. At least we are lucky to have all this amazing material from the peak 67-70 years, the one-drummer, Jazz/Dead 72-74 years, and the intial post-retirement stuff from 76-77.
Reviewer: reef_1214 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2005
Subject: Jerry+Lead Vocals+On Good Lovin'=Beautiful
This show is definetely underrated like amellowsoul said. Obviously the good lovin' does not compare to the usual Pigpen versions but its different and thats what makes it exciting. The band is VERY tight in this show and is a show definetely worth considering to add to your collection, cause there is no "bad" Dead.
Reviewer: amellowsoul - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2004
Subject: Underrated!
Fresh from their legendary April '69 tour, the boys pull into home and within the week, a free show in Golden Gate Park!
The sound is not as sharp as others from this era, but not bad at all. About a "A-" grade I would put it.
The setlist is a wonderful break from the standard DS>SS>11>LL (not that's a bad thing, just a pleasant surprise) of this time. A long jammy "Uncle", a funky instrumental (which sadly cuts out), a strange "Other One" into equally strange "Smokestack Lightning" followed by a "Good Lovin'" with Jerry doing the lead vocals. Next up, a pretty decent "Dark Star" leading into an excellent "Lovelight" via "Drums" Add some funny 'you are there' banter, and you have one knock out. Yes, there is a lot of surprises about here!Warning : This can cause flashbacks to a show you never went to! ;) (and if you did, love to hear you story)
Also, it's an excellent gift to your Deadhead friend, if s/he doesn't know the setlist yet, just give it to them without them knowing and see the smiles.
Great fun show, and very very underrated. Start to download in 3..2..1..
Reviewer: aroooonstin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2004
Subject: interesting jams...
this show contains some interesting jams unlike others i've heard from 69...especially me and my uncle. this show is definetly worth checking out.
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